Ensoniq DP/Pro with digital I/O

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tranel
KVRian
926 posts since 15 Mar, 2004 from Tokyo, Japan

Post Thu Jan 07, 2016 5:14 pm

This brings up memories... I'd love to see Ensoniq come back to the market. One of my first synths was an SQ1 workstation, and it was an absolutely amazing machine. I have played many many synths since, but the keyboard action for fast leads on the SQ1 is still unmatched.
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slyte
KVRist
82 posts since 4 Aug, 2014 from Montréal, Canada

Post Mon Mar 11, 2019 4:11 pm

I heard someone was using the Ensoniq DP2 as a compressor to process the audio from his MPC 2000, to get that ensoniq crunchy grain.
But everytime I'm reading a review, people are just saying that is a fabolous reverb and phaser.
Do you guys recommend it as a compressor ?

zmix
KVRist
232 posts since 17 Aug, 2005

Post Tue Jul 09, 2019 4:34 am

Hello..! I had 2 of these, and sold the one with no Digital I/O... it's a fantastic processor, I use it to auto-generate sonic landscapes (the patchability and modulation capabilities are fantastic).

Anyway I have my last DP/Pro up for sale, it includes the Digital I/O option and works perfectly..

BERFAB
KVRAF
6276 posts since 25 Mar, 2004

Post Tue Jul 09, 2019 4:54 am

jones-y wrote:
Wed Nov 24, 2010 7:52 am
Owning an ASR 10 (same effects chip as DP-4 - the DP-2 was a slightly updated 2 channel version of the DP-4) and having owned an ASR X (same effects chip as DP Pro), I can testify to the excellence of Ensoniq's modulation based effects (chorus, flanger, and phaser). Due to the fact that Ensoniq was first and foremost a synth/sampler company, their effects units definitely fall on the creative side in comparison to other mid range effects units of the era. Unfortunately, they also fall into the hard to program side of camp too...

Excellent effects units, even today! I actually happen to like their AD/DA stages, but then again I'm an old sampler aficionado, so take that with a grain of salt...
Agreed. I've got an ASR 10 Rack and it is a beast. Excellent sound and FX. Paid something like $2k for it new way back in the day. Really no way to work it into my current DAW rig, but every once in a while I'll run my guitar through it and just play. The DP4 was, IIRC, something like 4 ASR FX units in sequence.

There were also some great 3rd party FX configurations available for the ASR as well, and I have a few of those.

Ensoniq was one of those companies that took a very expensive technology and put it at a price point that was way more affordable. If memory serves, the founders broke off from Compaq and leveraged that experience. I really miss their stuff. I also had an ESQ 1 and a Mirage. Crazy tech at the time.

Cheers
-B
Berfab
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dyrec
KVRer
5 posts since 18 Aug, 2020

Post Tue Aug 18, 2020 2:26 pm

zmix wrote:
Tue Jul 09, 2019 4:34 am
Hello..! I had 2 of these, and sold the one with no Digital I/O... it's a fantastic processor, I use it to auto-generate sonic landscapes (the patchability and modulation capabilities are fantastic).

Anyway I have my last DP/Pro up for sale, it includes the Digital I/O option and works perfectly..
Hi Zmix,
Do you still have your DP/Pro available? I sold mine a few years ago and really regret it.
Let me know ;)

dyrec
KVRer
5 posts since 18 Aug, 2020

Post Mon Oct 05, 2020 11:54 pm

zmix wrote:
Tue Jul 09, 2019 4:34 am
Hello..! I had 2 of these, and sold the one with no Digital I/O... it's a fantastic processor, I use it to auto-generate sonic landscapes (the patchability and modulation capabilities are fantastic).

Anyway I have my last DP/Pro up for sale, it includes the Digital I/O option and works perfectly..
Hi do you still have your DP pro? It would be nice to clone the Digital IO board. Do you have some detailed pictures of the board (2 sides)?
Thanks

MatthewKVR
KVRer
3 posts since 21 Apr, 2021

Post Wed Apr 21, 2021 9:31 am

I love my DP/Pro large room reverbs. Especially on 90s Kurzweil (K2600) organ patches.

MatthewKVR
KVRer
3 posts since 21 Apr, 2021

Post Wed Apr 21, 2021 9:33 am

The customization options make the DP/Pro a great complement to the K2600 VAST, but each takes commitment and time to pay off.

MatthewKVR
KVRer
3 posts since 21 Apr, 2021

Post Wed Apr 21, 2021 9:41 am

dyrec wrote:
Mon Oct 05, 2020 11:54 pm
Hi do you still have your DP pro? It would be nice to clone the Digital IO board. Do you have some detailed pictures of the board (2 sides)?
Thanks
dyrec, please PM me. I can help you with the DP/Pro digital IO project.

vanceg1
KVRer
2 posts since 24 Aug, 2021

Post Tue Aug 24, 2021 11:53 am

If someone is cloning the Digital I/O board for the DP-Pro, I would ABSOLUTELY like to get one of these boards. Happy to help finance this project. I'd LOVE to get digital I/O going on my DP Pro (especially becasue I HAD one at one point. Why oh why did I send it back to Ensoniq ;-).

vanceg1
KVRer
2 posts since 24 Aug, 2021

Post Tue Aug 24, 2021 11:57 am

At MatthewKVR and Dyrec - I've attempted to PM both of you about this project but haven't been sucessful. Please do try to PM me if you are engaged in making clone Digita I/O boards for the DP-Pro. I'd be HAPPY to buy a few from you.

dyrec
KVRer
5 posts since 18 Aug, 2020

Post Mon Dec 27, 2021 10:06 am

Hi @MatthewKVR and @vanceg1. I'm late on this one, I'll send you PMs asap. Have a nice end of the year ;)

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